Local news… You’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. But… Recently an article caught my eye. Here was the title ‘$73 million compo bill for one year of public service mental stress‘.

I thought to myself, really? $73 million bucks? I’ve got to read further. Here is the basics of the story;

  • Public servants cost $20m and 56000 work days over the past 3 years.
  • 565 claims for mental illness were mostly for stress.
  • Teachers were at the top of this list, then midwives and nurses, then health and welfare support workers, defence, fire and police officers and clerical support workers.
  • Beyond Blue estimates 21% of Australians miss work each year due to stress.
  • Nick Arvanitis said “It’s the general day to day pressures of workload and time demands and limited resources that seem to be the biggest factor in those reported stress claim”.
  • Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces almost $11billion each year in absenteeism, low productivity and compensation.

Wow… That is a freakin’ lot of statistics which when you nut it down say this… Stress is something that impacts everyone, at home and at work.

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Until next time, stay healthy, have fun, and keep your life in balance.

- Lisa Hawkings